Treating breast cancer while sparing the heart
By Brian H. Chon, MD | Posted on 25 November 2014
The great success story in breast cancer today is that the vast majority of patients will be able to preserve their breasts as they undergo a lumpectomy followed by post-operative radiation. As patients are cured of their breast cancer and live a normal lifespan, some of them, especially those with left side breast cancer, are developing heart disease from their breast radiation.
We now know that radiation exposure from the treatments to the heart and the coronary vessel plays a role.
Here, Dr. Brian Chon, a radiation oncologist at ProCure Proton Therapy Center, writes about the connection between X-ray therapy and heart disease and how proton therapy is being used as a cardiac-sparing cancer therapy. ...